Chungking Mansions a study of life lived in the raw

Waiting for a lift to a guest house or restaurant in the maze of hallways. Photo: John Carney

The maze of corridors in the five, 17-storey blocks has sat in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui for more than half a century. But it was the 1994 Wong Kar-wai movie Chungking Express that earned the buildings in Nathan Road their iconic status.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 9:31am 7 comments

Domestic helpers push for an end to live-in rule

Domestic helpers gather to ask the government in Hong Kong to protect them from violence. Photo: AFP

The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Union says the rule exposes maids to the risk of indecent assault or sexual harassment by their employers.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am 8 comments

Top travel websites offer unlicensed rooms

A selection of pictures provided by 9 Studios for a room for two available for online booking in Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, near Times Square. According to the government online database, there is no licensed guest house on that street. Photos: SCMP

Popular travel websites are offering online bookings for unlicensed guest houses in Hong Kong, exposing tourists to safety hazards, a South China Morning Post investigation reveals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am 2 comments

Students enter mainstream

Accommodation in Glasgow, whose four main university residences have 6,531 bedrooms for more than 50,000 full-time students, is always in demand.  Photos: SCMP and Thinkstock

Glaswegian homeowners are struggling to sell their properties in a market still mired in recession mentality. According to latest data from the Registers of Scotland, residential property sales have dipped to the lowest volume since records began in 2003, and amount to less than half of the number of properties sold in Scotland during the market peak of 2007-2008.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:06am

Subdivided-flat misery much worse than realised, study finds

A subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po. Officials have no real idea how many families live in such accommodation. Photo: David Wong

As many as 280,000 families could be living in subdivided flats in old buildings across the city, with many paying higher than average rents, according to a new study by a concern group.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:22am 4 comments